Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election

Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election

Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election

The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or victor, is set to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

"It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win".

By Thursday, results of the polls were being expected from across Liberia's 15 administrative counties, where some 2.18 million registered voters cast their ballots in a generally peaceful environment. That year, he reached the run-off but lost to the current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Mr Wenger said: "I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia". More than 2.1 million voters had registered to vote at almost 5 400 polling stations throughout Liberia, which was established by the United States in the 19th Century for freed black slaves.

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Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. It apologized for delays in some areas and said it had quarantined materials from one precinct and will investigate reports of alleged compromised voting.

Tuesday's election will mark the first time in 73 years that a democratically-elected president will peacefully hand over power to a successor chosen by Liberian voters.

There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor. A runoff election, if needed, would come two weeks after that announcement. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the U.S. funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections.

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